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Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2019


To say that Argiano has the eyes of the entire wine world would be a bit of an understatement. The winery, always known for their quality and consistency and commitment to excellence sent shockwaves throughout the industry when their 2018 (not 2016, not 2019) Brunello di Montalcino was named #1 Wine of the Year by Wine Spectator in 2023.

Why is this winery so great?

Well first, there’s the property. Their estate is absolutely gorgeous – a magnificent, sprawling estate with magnificent windows, doors, vineyards, you name it. Argiano’s vineyards are located in the Montalicino area where a perfect microclimate assures a super ecological system. There’s also the underground cellar which has been around since the 16th century. It’s picturesque while also maintaining a constant temperature and humidity well away from the noise and light.

Then there’s the team. Sebastiano Rosa, the General Manager studied in California before working at Chateau Lafite Rothschild and Sassacaia prior to his hiring. Then there’s probably the most well known winemaker in Italy today, Dr. Giacomo Tachis, who is the oenologist. Ho hum, the only places that he’s worked has been Sassacaia, Tignanello and Solaia, to name a few!!!

But with the 2018 Brunello di Montalcino ranked the #1 Wine Spectator Wine of 2023, you know that all eyes were going to be on this historic estate for their 2019 release, a vintage that has been met with so much fanfare and anticipation, that it almost seems that it can’t live up to the hype. Almost.

The gauntlet was thrown when Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate recently got to taste the brand new 2019 release. They didn’t mix words: “The Argiano 2019 Brunello di Montalcino comes out stronger than the previous 2018 and 2017 vintages, thanks to the precision and focus of its fruit flavors in this balanced vintage.”

If the 2019 comes out stronger than the 2018 and comes from a better vintage… is this another Top 10 wine? Is it the first wine to ever repeat as #1? That remains to be seen. Wine Spectator hasn’t yet reviewed this wine. But when they do… all eyes will be on them. In the meantime, this is easily one of the all-time great releases from an iconic estate. Snagging a few bottles of this while you can should be a high priority.

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95 Points, James Suckling
Delightful aromas of juicy red cherries, strawberries, rose petals and wild bush, together with hints of juniper and ground herbs. Medium-bodied with firm tannins and crisp acidity. Zesty and piquant with beautiful balance and finish. Plenty of fruit at the end. Give it more time to come around. Try after 2027.

94 Points, Vinous
Crushed ashen stones, cloves, dried black cherries, rosemary and balsam herbs create a spice box display as the 2019 Brunello di Montalcino blossoms in the glass. This is surprisingly fresh and energetic, nearly juicy in character, yet refined and focused, with silken textures ushering in crisp wild berry fruits and orange tones that slowly saturate the palate. It finishes spicy and long, yet its energy never wavers, with grippy tannins that tug at the cheeks as licorice and cranberry notes fade.

94 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The Argiano 2019 Brunello di Montalcino comes out stronger than the previous 2018 and 2017 vintages, thanks to the precision and focus of its fruit flavors in this balanced vintage. It shows ample depth and volume, with sweet cherry and blackberry that fold into softly toasted spice and earth. Floral hints of lilac and iris make brief but poignant appearances. Velvety tannins and a nicely concentrated mid-weight palate give good staying power.